Master of Physiotherapy Practice
Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. Physiotherapists may work independently or as members of healthcare teams. They are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. They are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of healthcare organisations.
Following a preparatory subject in the summer semester (Jan-Feb), in the first semester you will develop clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment skills in the core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy across a lifespan. This is followed by 18 months of integrated theory and clinical practice subjects, when you will be primarily located in the clinical environment.
The clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside official University semester dates. The course fosters small-group learning to master the practical aspects of physiotherapy practice. You will be given the opportunity to assess and treat patients in hospitals and other clinical settings under the supervision of a qualified clinician.
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Academic entry requirement
Bachelor's degree completed within the past five years with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 percent. Applicants who completed their degree more than 5 years ago may be considered on the basis of postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. Applicants must also have completed tertiary-level subjects in regional musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck), neuroanatomy, physiology (including exercise physiology) and biomechanics. Completed tertiary-level subjects in pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, communication or education are also desirable.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;
TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;
TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.
or approved international equivalent.
Please note the Physiotherapy Board of Australia's Standard for English Language proficiency to register as a physiotherapist in Australia is an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), or a minimum OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no longer than 2 years prior to applying for registration. Please read the Physiotherpay Board of Australia's Registration Standards for Physiotherapy.
Physiotherapists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, general hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health centres, industrial clinics and specialist centres. Opportunities also exist in physiotherapy education and in research.
The Master of Physiotherapy Practice is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
You'll need to obtain the following: National Police check: A$15.50 annually Immunisations: approximately A$500 Working with Children Check: no fee. Practical books: A$100 Student name badge: A$15 Clinical shirt: A$40 Stethoscope: A$110 Goniometer: A$20. Textbooks are optional. You can purchase books and equipment from any supplier, however the clinical shirt must be purchased from La Trobe University. Students are also required to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia annually (no fee), and encouraged to complete a First Aid Level II course (not conducted by La Trobe University) approximately A$160. All equipment purchases remain your personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placements may also be incurred and will vary according to the venue. Note the quoted costs are approximate only and subject to change.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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